Plaque honoring civil rights icon stolen from Topeka bridge

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka police say a plaque honoring a civil rights icon has been stolen from a Topeka bridge.

Police say the plaque was taken from a bridge named for Ken Marshall, the first black person elected to the Kansas Legislature from Topeka. The report was received Saturday but it's unclear when the plaque was stolen.

Topeka police spokeswoman Gretchen Koenen said the police report said the plaque was taken from the Ken Marshall bridge, where a similar plaque was stolen in August 2018.

However, civil rights activist Sonny Scroggins says he reported Saturday that the plaque was taken from a bridge named to honor former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

And a plaque designating the former Sumner Elementary School as a National Historic Landmark was stolen in 2012.